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Over the past few days, I have been making the argument that this entire Wisconsin situation has been clearly and undeniably demonstrated how little National Democrats and Non-WI Dems care about unions and their base in general.  I have been told by "insiders" on this site that I could not be more wrong.

Well, guess what.  Democrats have decided to remove all doubt.

"So, we didn't talk about whatever it is they're doing in Wisconsin today," O'Malley reiterated.

"I think most of us see that as distraction, really, from the most important work that we can do, which is creating jobs," he said. "All of us get things done. We're about getting things done. We're not primarily an ideological group of people."

This was in front of the Democratic Governor's conference.

That is the Democratic party folks.  But yet, many have said that I am "flat wrong"about Democratic Party support for the protesters in Wisconsin outside of the courageous members of the WI Assembly and Senate.

To which I reply, am I wrong about their silence beyond press releases?  Wrong that no National Dem has even thought about taking the workers sides on the benefits question?  Wrong that National Democrats are agreeing with Republicans on how teacher's unions are the problem?  Wrong that no national Democrat ever goes on tv to argue why teacher's deserve the benefits they negotiated?  Wrong that no Democrat is willing to call out people who focus on teacher's unions when the bill is about ALL unions excluding first responders?  Wrong that Scott Walker is using the President's talking points about shared sacrifice?  Wrong that the President literally lied on the campaign trail?

I would love to be wrong, but I doubt it.

It is real easy to write a press release.  It is hard to take a stand.  It is hard to make the argument that you actually appreciate union donations in public.  It is hard to not give tax cuts to billionaires as opposed to benefit cuts for workers.

What I see is a union that was forced to make major concessions a week into the protests after taking a mass sick leave due to benefits cuts.  Let's be clear.  Here was the original NYT Headline on this issue.

Angry Demonstrations in Wisconsin as Cuts Loom

And the concessions were due in no small part to the lack of national support for the workers cause.  Now, they are left to argue about the final issue on the table to literally save the union.  Well played Republicans.  (US Senate Dems and the WH could learn a thing about coming to negotiations asking for everything)

Instead of strong support for the worker's position in light of earlier tax cuts by Gov. Walker, WI workers, and all workers for that matter, got a President giving an interview in Wisconsin saying they need to understand some sacrifice is required on their part while giving lip service on collective bargaining.  Not exactly a profile in courage.  And even with that,  the WH has decided they can't afford to make any further statements on the issue.

If that isn't enough, some go further and make the argument that those concessions were a brilliant strategy to put Gov. Walker, on the "defensive".  

Heh.

The appeasement strategy must be listed on page one of the current National Democratic playbook.  And unfortunately many of their constituents have bought into the message.

To be fair, I doubt WI Dems any other choice.  I don't blame them.  They were hung out to dry by National Democrats and the media with this shared sacrifice nonsense.  But to pretend that is some type of brilliant political strategy is pretty funny.

Maybe I am wrong.  Maybe the unions said "Oh please National Dems, let us take care of this, your support, PR machine, money, and access are useless to us."

But for some reason, I don't think that is the case.

The good news is at least workers and progressives can finally realize National Democrats don't give a two cents about them unless they are asking for a donation or an election is around the corner.  That is indeed a powerful result, but it is a disappointing one.

Fight On Wisconsin Workers.  Fight On!!!

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  •  Tip Jar (19+ / 0-)

    "Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book - you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem." - Senator Obama, 9-16-2008

    by justmy2 on Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 05:05:28 PM PST

  •  Some big edit jumps in that tape. (3+ / 0-)
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    itskevin, Sychotic1, Dom9000

    W/o an unedited version, I'm disinclined to put too much stock in that.  He could've been talking about any number of things when he said "it" is a distraction from creating jobs.

  •  Well Now Let's Be Just a Little Fair (4+ / 0-)

    Democrats are usually unwelcome on national television even when they're aggressively surrendering.

    It's not purely a case of them having the vapors over the peanut gallery uprising.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 05:32:02 PM PST

  •  Tell 'em... (2+ / 0-)
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    RaulVB, Sunspots

    to eat shit.

    If they think they know more about what the citizens need and want than the citizens do they are sadly mistaken.

  •  In my state Democrats (5+ / 0-)
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    LordMike, justmy2, ruleoflaw, JeffW, David Kaib

    passed card check for public employees.  Things aren't perfect but here Dems pay attention to the unions.

    "Intolerance is something which belongs to the religions we have rejected." - J.J. Rousseau

    by James Allen on Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 05:49:31 PM PST

  •  You're not wrong. (5+ / 0-)

    The past week has been troubling for many reasons but the biggest is the silence from national Democrats. Not a peep. Where the hell are they? Shouldn't some be one the picket line with the workers? How about on teevee? So much for solidarity, huh? Either they are too chickenshit to take on Big Corps or they are too chickenshit to take on Republicans or they are complicite in the entire plan because of their corporate overlords. Anyway, their silence is telling.

    If this party wants my vote they are going about it the wrong way. I will not vote for a silent party. I will not vote for these chickenshit cowards just like I won't vote for the "other" cowards in Washington. I will not vote for a party that allows me to be run over and not say a word while it's happening. Do something or say someting now Democrats, or face the music in 2012.

    "Official DeBagger"

    by draa on Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 06:11:32 PM PST

    •  Durbin has been quite vocal... (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      But, there is a reason for their silence.  If they get on the stump for this, it will force those Goopers who are holding back, to go full frontal.

      Meanwhile, I can assure you that the state democratic parties in the affected states are going full bore.  This is a regional issue that can only be understood in union states.  WTF does the governor of Maryland know anything about unions?  

      It's better that the national folk stay out, and let the local folk do their job as best.

      I suspect that labor has also asked the national democrats to stay away as well.  Keep it local and organic as possible.

      GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

      by LordMike on Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 09:09:46 PM PST

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  •  Insider Posturing you can believe in, as usual (5+ / 0-)

    This joker forgot that he was elected as a Democratic Party Candidate?

    Moron, "We're not primarily an ideological group of people."

  •  Although, similar to Spartacus (4+ / 0-)

    I say that I'm the Democratic Party, and to hell with those guys.

  •  Here in California (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Sunspots

    our California Assembly and Senate Members showed up in force for your Tuesday evening sympathy protest.  

    California is behind Wisconsin, no matter who else is...oh and more demonstrations on Saturday at noon here in Sacramento and in San Francisco.  Both events should be well attended even though it hailed here today and us Californios, we don't do weather.

    "If we don't succeed, we run the risk of failure."- J. Danforth Quayle

    by Sychotic1 on Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 07:59:18 PM PST

  •  When Was The Last Time You Saw A Protest..... (5+ / 0-)
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    that lasted 10 days in recent history?  This is day 10 of the Wisconsin protest.  Tomorrow rallies in support of the people of Wisconsin are scheduled in every single capital of every single state in the entire United States.

    There have been rallies in solidarity w/ the people of Wisconsin all week: in Boston, NY, Indiana, Ohio etc etc.

    Leave it alone.  We are doing fine.  The minute Democratic politicians step in, they become the story.  The story needs to focus on Wisconsin & Ohio......where Republicans can pass this odious bill. The focus now is on the heroes....the people of Wisconsin & the Wisconsin l4.   This is exactly where it needs to be.  If it's not broke, don't fix it.  Keep the politicians out of it.

    They're working on it behind the scenes, anyway.  Not to worry.  

    •  Yeah, they're working on it. It's very broken now (2+ / 0-)
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      and I don't see any interest at all in them to fix it. Just exactly how are they "working on it behind the scenes, anyway."?  The shit has hit the fan and the support from the Democratic Party is virtual silence. Where's the card check bill? I guess not to worry right, they are working on it behind the scenes. Just think how this could have been a different story. Sorry, but they are working behind the scenes and don't worry is a pretty sad statement. This is a fight for survival here and the Dems do not get it or do not care to get it.

      •  Along w/ The Solidarity Rallies.... (0+ / 0-)

        in 50 capitals in 50 states tomorrow, US Uncut is also planning protests @ 50 Bank of America branches in 50 cities thruout the United States on the same day...this Saturday

        When I say.....leave the politicians out of it.  I mean it.  We have given up on them.  We are taking to the street.  If you don't trust the Democrats or the President, trust the people.  We have this covered.

        •  We agree... (0+ / 0-)
          When I say.....leave the politicians out of it.  I mean it.  We have given up on them.  We are taking to the street.  If you don't trust the Democrats or the President, trust the people.

          This is basically the point of my diary.  National Democrats can't be relied on.   They couldn't for EFCA, they couldn't for health care.  Progressives are on their own.  The elected officials in Washington only care about their constituents for a few months every two years.  Otherwise, their lobbyists and self interests are the only thing they care about.

          "Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book - you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem." - Senator Obama, 9-16-2008

          by justmy2 on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 04:35:26 AM PST

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  •  Tammy Baldwin & Gwen Moore have come (2+ / 0-)
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    Tammy's spent a fair amount of time in the capitol, talking to people and speaking.  We do have a few good ones in the House of Representatives.

  •  Schweitzer in Montana... (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    ...said that Walker was cutting his own throat.

    And the governor of Oklahoma said that the public unions were being good to Oklahoma.

    It's easy to pick and choose people saying stuff, but O'Malley is not a representative choice.

    GODSPEED TO THE WISCONSIN FOURTEEN!

    by LordMike on Fri Feb 25, 2011 at 09:27:52 PM PST

    •  He said this in front of the full conference (0+ / 0-)

      of Governors, outside of the WH.  That is a message on the whole.  As my diary stated, press releases, and sounds bites are easy.  Where is the real support?

      "Unions are good".  Should we pop the champagne?

      They don't care.  The lip service and kabuki has gotten old, and it is played out.

      "Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book - you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem." - Senator Obama, 9-16-2008

      by justmy2 on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 04:37:32 AM PST

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    •  Btw-I do like what Schwietzer (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      has said and done.  He is a much better model.

      "Senator McCain offered up the oldest Washington stunt in the book - you pass the buck to a commission to study the problem." - Senator Obama, 9-16-2008

      by justmy2 on Sat Feb 26, 2011 at 04:38:14 AM PST

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